What we love about Sri Lanka is the way that it seamlessly blends the rich culture of the Indian Subcontinent with the verdant landscapes of the tropics, whilst still maintaining its colonial charm. A luxury tailor-made holiday in Sri Lanka will transport you to another world as you pick tea leaves with the women of Nuwara Eliya, walk the old fortress walls of Galle and discover the cultural wonders of an unknown North.

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MORE ABOUT SRI LANKA

A teardrop shaped island off the southern coast of India, Sri Lanka is a country that delivers. Golden beaches, tropical jungles, and high mountains may be the atmosphere, but the elephants, temples, leopards, and tea plantations define its attraction. We can’t stay away from the rice and curry, the riveting diving spots, and the elegant hotels, so you’re in good hands when Black Tomato is curating the ultimate tailor-made itinerary. Prepare for ancient ruins, stunning hikes, forts, and fortresses.

RELAX AMONGST TEA PLANTATIONS

One of a handful of Sri Lanka’s most breathtaking sceneries, Tea Country is acres upon acres of slanted hills and leafy greenery. A blend of authenticity and luxury, it’s here you can reside at a tea estate, take train rides through misty mountains, and interact with the friendly locals whose job it is to maintain the crop. Embark on a tour of a local plantation to fully understand the significance of this region.

SEE LEOPARDS AND ELEPHANTS

A paradise for wildlife lovers, Sri Lanka is easily the best place in Asia for experiencing a variety of animals in a variety of different landscapes. Yala National Park is famous for its leopard population while Udawalawe is popular for elephant encounters. Others are known for their bird species and another for the elusive sloth bear, but all of them make for a memorable experience in Sri Lanka.

COMPLETE THE CULTURAL TRIANGLE

Where else can you tick off seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one go? Consisting of Kandy, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, these three great, ancient capitals form the Cultural Triangle. Crammed with monuments and ruined cities, there is so much to see in this one area of the country, it’s an obvious not-to-miss.

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In a country that offers so much in the way of experiences, you can expect the same from the hotels. There are five-star hotels in Colombo, boutiques discovered by our experts, and luxury resorts that focus on peace, wellness, relaxation, and cultural immersion. We’ve determined where provides the best views, who has the best beaches, and what puts you in close proximity to the action; all you have to do is say yes.  

FOR THE CULTURE

Whether traveling to the ‘Cultural Triangle’ or the ‘Golden Valley of Tea’, you are sure to fall captive to the charm of Sri Lanka’s vivacious culture. Amidst the paddy fields of Sigiriya sits Vil Uyana, a luxury, eco-focused hotel that overlooks the ancient rock fortress. For those in search of a traditional colonial estate, Tea Trails is a property perfect for rest and relaxation.  

FOR THE BEACH

For those chasing the famed Sri Lankan beach resort, look no further than Cape Weligama. A clifftop hotel perched above the Indian Ocean, we’ve truly never come across an infinity pool more stunning. What’s more, the beach below is a cradle of activity. Head here for swimming, surfing, and diving.

FOR THE WILDLIFE

Elephants, leopards, bears, oh my! Sri Lanka is a wildlife hotspot. If we had one sole ‘can’t-miss’ experience in the country, it would be to enjoy the National Parks and Nature Reserves by jeep safari and five-star hotel. Located adjacent to Yala National Park, the Wild Coast Lodge is a resort that must be seen to be believed. A jaw dropping display of a clever layout and design, this bolthole will leave you right in the thick of it – until you wish to return back to your private villa, that is.

  • Population Population 21,200,000
  • Capital Capital Colombo
  • Currency Currency Sri Lankan Rupee
  • Language Language Sinhala
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT + 5.30 | ET + 10.30
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Journey up into the tea country by old fashioned steam train."

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